NEWS: Delta Regional Authority opens application period to attract community investments

March 01, 2018

CLARKSDALE, MS. – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) is opening the 2018 application cycle to provide investments through its States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP). The program is DRA’s primary investment tool to spur infrastructure improvements, help develop the Delta’s workforce and local businesses, and enhance regional economic opportunities.

“SEDAP is the foundation of our efforts to focus on core strategic investments in infrastructure across the region,” said DRA Chairman Chris Caldwell.  “DRA will make investments that support strong partnerships and deliver the greatest impact and improvements.”

Organizations and communities can apply online at The application process runs through June 29, and funds are available in DRA’s footprint in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee.

Communities and organizations are encouraged to work with their local development district, which has staff members trained by the DRA, to assist with the application process.  

Information on state-specific funding allocations, funding program eligibility requirements and guidelines, and contact information for local development districts are available here.

About the Delta Regional Authority

The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives through strategic investments in economic development in 252 counties and parishes across eight states. DRA has invested more than $185 million into more than 1,100 projects. Overall, DRA investments have helped create and retain more than 55,000 jobs, train nearly 45,000 workers to advance in the 21st Century, and deliver sewer and water improvements to more than 238,000 residents and businesses. Learn more here

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Andrew Moreau